The start of the summer is an especially important time to make sure you are on top of your lawn and yard mainenance. Sunny days bring out the buyers in full force, and although serious buyers are usually shopping with their REALTOR, they still take the time to drive through the neighbourhoods they are most interested in, to scout out new listings and get an overall feel for the area and its demographics. Here are a few areas to target for a bright, summery first impression:
Lawn - Get it green! A good power raking once the snow is gone gets rid of last year's thatch and allows your lawn to absorb spring rain and green up even faster. Regular fertilizing and watering is also key. With your home on the market, it is not the time to get conservative. Especially watch areas adjoining concrete drives and walks, as they tend to dry out more quickly.
Flower beds- Adding in spashes of colour give the eye more interest. If time is at a minimum, and it is not feasible to add in flower beds or change the landscaping configuration, invest in some pre-potted annual flower arrangements, availbale even at your nearest grocery store. Place pots both near the curb as well as at the door, to show the depth of the front yard and draw the eye towards the house.
Windows - Make them shine. Dirty or spotted windows actually make the home look older, tired, and in need of updating or repair
Doors and Trim - Even if the windows and doors are older, a fresh coat of paint on the front door and trim gives the house an instant facelift. Accent this with a new mailbox, house numbers and outdoor light.
Weeds - Get rid of them! If a buyer notices that you have not had the time to keep on top of pulling weeds, they worry that their schedule will put them in the same position. Even a relatively small, low maintenance yard, can seem overwhelming to a buyer if dandilions are the first thing they notice.
Buyers will make a decision to view or not view a home based on their "drive-by". A llittle effort in the front yard can have them eagerly calling their REALTOR from the curb to see how soon they can view your home...before it's gone!